and so they are--or they seem to be willing to sacrifice the nation's economy and sacrifice the other things that we all believe in and americans want like social security, medicare, education, job training, all the things we come to expect and understand is necessary along with the military. >> john: well, i recall john boehner boasting how he got 98% of what he wanted in the last deal. doesn't it seem like there is plenty of blame to go around in terms of republicans and democrats not trying to fix this problem rather than assigning blame. >> there is blame to go around all the time. but when the republicans say that the democrats and the white house have not come forward with any spending cuts, they seem to, again, going back to amnesia they seem to disregard the $1.5 trillion of spending cuts that the president has agreed to. we're going back to zero. they have an odd arithmetic.